Since joining the Atlantic Sun in 2001 both the Belmont men and women have won six of seven cross country titles. The league coaches again installed both Bruins teams as the favorites for 2008, the conference office announced on Wednesday.
Kipkosgei Magut, Belmont’s senior and two-time defending champion in the men’s race, will lead the men as they attempt to win their seventh straight league title. Magut can join Georgia State’s Andrew Letherby and Troy’s Michael Green as the only three in league history to win three league meets. Joining Magut among Belmont returning runners include 2007 Freshman of the Year Hillary Cheruiyot, Ben McGlothlin and Will Peters.
The Bruins women’s team replaces 2007 individual champion Lauren Weaver plus two additional runners from its top five. Brittany Thune, third at the 2007 A-Sun Championship will be asked to lead the squad that includes five incoming freshmen and two red-shirt freshman. For more on this story, click here.